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New Australian government must continue crucial efforts to deter China

Economic and security cooperation among democratic allies is critical to ensuring stability in Indo-Pacific

Australian Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese addresses supporters after incumbent Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader Scott Morrison conceded defeat in the country's general election, in Sydney on May 21.

Australia will experience its first change in government in nine years after the opposition Labor Party won the federal election on May 21. Anthony Albanese, the party leader and new prime minister, got to work early, joining the heads of Japan, the U.S. and India in Tokyo for a meeting of the Quad framework on May 24.

In addition to the Quad, the ruling conservative coalition of former Prime Minister Scott Morrison also joined the new AUKUS security framework with the U.S. and the U.K., strengthening the presence of democratic countries in the Indo-Pacific. We hope the new administration in Canberra will continue these initiatives and assume the heavy responsibility of working to restrain China's expansionism and stabilizing the region.

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